I Know Black Lives Matter

As a human, and as someone who has friends and family that are people of color, I will always use my voice to support them. A lot has been going on lately, in my personal life, as well as in the world, and I haven’t had the time, nor the energy to update my blog, but as I sit here typing this, I am both sad and hopeful. I’m sad to see how many people are resisting change for the better, and hopeful because I see how many people are demanding it!

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Make Postcards With Us!!!

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My cousin Valerie and I are doing a Postcard art exchange. You can check out her amazing work here!

In this time, Covid-19 has had many people shelter-in-place, and reduced our methods of communication. We want to help people communicate, and we think this is a fun way to go about it! I did a postcard exchange Valerie hosted about 10 years ago, and I loved it! I made some postcards for mother’s day, and it got me thinking, we should do this on a grander scale. I reached out to Valerie and she loved the idea. So here we are, in the time of Corona, missing people, missing art galleries, missing art classes, missing each other. Let’s remedy some of that!

It’s really up to you how you want to make your postcard. Collage, fabric, embroidery, paint, whatever you want, just put it on a postcard. You can get really creative with this!

Click here to sign up!

The cutoff is May 31st. An email will go out on the 2nd of June with the name and address of the person you are sending your card to. You can send it as a postcard, or put it in an envelope if you make something that would get damaged in the mail. By signing up, you get to connect with 2 different artists: the one sending you the card, and the one you are sending the card to.

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Mounting Printed Images to Canvas

I’m going to come right out and say it. This was a hot mess on the production side of things. I bought some video editing software, had nothing but issues with it, and even got a refund on it. So I’ll be the first one to say, the editing is not perfect, but you’ll still know how to make something fun and interesting by the end.

This was going to be a Patreon video, but I have something else in mind for Patreon, and that should be up by this weekend. I’ll be breaking out the drum carder, and making some batts for yarn!

Wish me luck!

Day 400… Something…

Hey guys, I just wanted to check in with everyone! See how everyone is doing? I wanted to share some things! I’m working on a new quilt pattern that will be on my Patreon. I need some feedback though. I was going to do the pattern as part of the monthly pattern download, but I also wanted to make it so there is a free one available. What are your ideas on it?

Also… LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!

My Tribute to Christine McConnell

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For those of you who do not know – I am a huge fan of Christine McConnell! I find her to be one of the most talented and inspirational people I have ever seen! I watched her on her short lived but well loved Netflix show, I subscribe to her Patreon, as well as her Youtube. I even take the adblock off for her videos! Now that is saying something! 
This is no where near as gorgeous as something she makes, but this is simply a tribute to a truly talented human. 
Thank you Christine for crafting, creating, and inspiring!

Patreon Exclusive Giveaway Announced

Zelda Canvas with text

You heard that right! Or maybe, you read that right! Either way…

This is the project I’ll be giving away exclusively on Patreon! It’s an 11 by 14 inch canvas collaged with printed fabric and paper. The piece isn’t quite finished, but hopefully by the end of the week, I’ll have it up on Patreon with the rules for entry. I’m not sure if it will be a random drawing, or perhaps a naming contest.

Canvas Art Update

The studio de Eric has been in full swing… Well, trying to be in full swing. I’m still taking time for small existential breakdowns. Trying to keep busy, and focus on making some art! I’ve been digging through all of my half finished projects, and trying to do something with them! I’ve even been quilting! I have a quilt top finished, and hopefully I’ll start quilting it tonight! I’ve decided to give you guys a teaser of some of the projects currently on the slab. Keep in mind, these are not completed pieces, so they will look quite a bit different by the time I finish them! 

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I’ve been Deep Dreaming…

For those of you that don’t know what the Deep Dream Generator is, here is their definition: “Deep Dream Generator is a set of tools which make it possible to explore different AI algorithms. We focus on creative tools for visual content generation like those for merging image styles and content or such as Deep Dream which explores the insight of a deep neural network.” Basically, you take your main image, and you overlay it with the pattern from a secondary image.

It’s using a neural network to search for patterns in images. It takes your main image and searches then overlays it with the patterns from your send image. For the main image for this post: it stared as a picture of one of my quilts. Then, it got overlaid with an image of some roving for an art yarn I plan on spinning. If you look, you can see the fibers and hunks of silk printed onto the original image.

It really is quite the trip. I’ve been playing around with images of my textile work, layered with images of other textile pieces. If you want to see all of the images before and after the filter, check out my Deep Dream page on Deep Dream Generator.

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